When I first heard of the word ‘oxblood’ within the fashionistas’ online habitat, I thought that perhaps fashion had gone gory and some poor oxen’s blood had been used as inspiration.
All that jolly good nonsense aside, we’ve noticed that fall 2012 fashion runways are filled to the brim with models sporting moody tones to the nines that are all very fall-appropriate in the typical sense; but lo and behold, here comes oxblood, the much anticipated hot fall color trend that has been whispered from the nooks and crannies of the fashion world..
No surprises there I guess, except that oxblood is just a fancy schmancy way to say burgundy and I am not the only one to notice.
According to the ever-so-helpful Wiktionary, oxblood technically refers to a dark brownish-red color. The definition itself is enough to trigger an unsightly bloody image to my mind.
But that’s just words of course, noise in the back of our collective minds.
Visually, this color has a rustic mysterious vibe that is rich and flavorful in the sea of moody colored duds. It is a sort of color to anchor your look together giving all the pieces a sense of comforting adhesion.
With the backdrop of fall and winter creeping its chilly flakes on our cheeks, this color is poetic as it is reflective of the crumpled leaves that lay soaking wet on the asphalt.
While color trends can be fascinating to follow for all the indulgences that they inspire, but let us not fool ourselves by thinking that oxblood is onto something new this fashion season.
Where earlier in the year, tangerine tango, awarded queen of the color trend that’d called to our cheery, energetic and spontaneous side, the end of 2012 is marked by bleeding brooding oxblood that may or may not be appealing to our doomsday apprehension.
End of the world aside, please feast your eyes upon the roundup of oxblood-hungry lookbookers below and get inspired.
What do you think of the recent oxblood infatuation? Are you loving the new name or do you find it merely a seasonal fad?
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